When I was a kid – all this stuff was strictly against the law. Now the state takes it over and the money is used for good purposes. You can tell because the city schools are overflowing with money and class sizes have gotten smaller. The idea of the state taxing and promoting what was once sinful, is worse than when it was a private enterprise, as it still is in a few states. In other words, if you tax so-called sinful activities, then you make us all into bookies. We are all living off the addictions of others. That just doesn’t seem right.
What was the phrase that was big in the early years, no taxation without representation? I don’t remember voting for taxing cigarettes, or having the state sponsored lottery. Maybe I was drunk that day.